Wireless charging is a promising new technology that we widely see in the market these days. Wireless charging is based on a transmitter-receiver model, wherein the energy is transferred between the transmitter and the receiver through an electromagnetic field. The transmitter is a wireless base on which you lay the device that needs to be charged. The best feature of a transmitter is that it initiates the current flow only when a receiver is placed on it. This prevents a 24/7 supply of current running through the transmitter. The energy is sent to the receiver through an inductive coupling.
A lot of people consider wireless charging as convenient. Wireless means not having to encounter entangled wires and charging cables, making it easier to connect a device properly without having to worry about loose connections and short circuits.
Some people still prefer their entangled wired charging system as they find them more trustworthy compared to wireless charging. Wondering what’s best for you? Let’s list down a few advantages and disadvantages of wireless charging. Hope it gives you a clearer picture for choosing your method of charging in future.
Advantages – We believe in seeing the positive side of things first
- Much safer
Wireless charging helps you escape that tension of using a fake or an original USB cable. Now even if you use someone else’s wireless pad, you need not worry about viruses or hacking of your phone. Wireless charging is purely energy exchange and not data, so you can rest assured that your data is safe in the hands of a device that charges without a wire –wireless.
- Enhanced durability
There is less wear and tear when you do not have to plug and unplug daily. Hence, durability of the device is enhanced. Also, there is no question of corrosion as no sockets and plugs are involved.
- Suitability/ convenience
The top benefit of wireless charging is that its highly convenient. Just lay your device on the wireless pad and your device will get charged after some time. If you wish to change the location of the charging pad, you can do so too.
Disadvantages – since everything has a negative side to it
- Its still not completely wireless
No matter how much they call it wireless, the wireless pad still needs to be connected to power. You are still not free from the wall outlet. The good thing is that you have to deal with only one cable.
- Slow charging
Wireless charging takes more time compared to wired charging even when it is supplied with the same amount of power. This is a major drawback for wireless charging.
- Compatibility issue
Usually a wired phone charger can be used for many phones and for some other gadgets, but this is not the case with wireless pads. Wireless pads are usually different for specific gadgets and models and this leads to striking off the convenience advantage that we mentioned above. Also, when a mobile device is charged via a cable, it can be used and freely moved while charging. While in case of inductive wireless charging, the mobile device is ought to be left on a charging pad, which limits the devices’ usability.
As of now, the wireless charging technology is not perfect, but it is surely getting there. Many companies are working on arrangements to overcome these disadvantages ad trying to present the best possible wireless charging methodology for the consumers. Apple is rumored to launch the next iPhone supporting wireless charging technology. We suggest you to be patient with the technology!